Fun Scottsdale events May 12-15, 2022 as we break into 100° temps. Some like it hot! And many who don’t are escaping to cooler climes. Here’s how we homies beat the heat with fun summer things to do in Scottsdale.
Enjoy cool early mornings outdoors and head inside for chilaxing as the days heat up. Look for FREE fun things to do in Scottsdale, like hitting the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt early! And, taking the dogs out early too, for rough-housing at the dog parks! Take a FREE ride around town on the Scottsdale Trolley weekdays — don’t sweat parking or tickets!
- Scottsdale Public and Party Pools
- Scottsdale Movie Date
- Art, Music, Theater and Comedy
- Scottsdale Farmers Markets
- Ongoing Scottsdale Outdoor Activities
- Scottsdale Fun Things Horizon — Plan Ahead So No FOMO!
Scottsdale Public and Party Pools
Do you know about Scottsdale’s public pools and fitness centers? Our very own Aquatic and Fitness Centers boast inflation-busting low fee fun. Yep, there’s even a water park and lifeguards at the pools. And, you can work out in cool comfort in the fitness centers.
How about a Scottsdale pool party? Spend the day or weekend at one of Scottsdale’s world-class resorts on the cheap. Here’s my resorts blog, complete with a table of pools and amenities. Find the perfect quiet pool and spa oasis for adults, raucous pool party for grown-up fun — or, a rowdy lazy river and water park to wear the kiddos out. Enjoy a Scottsdale pool day pass and support our local hotels!
Scottsdale Movie Date
New Features and Classic Films
Harkins Camelview Theatre at Fashion Square
WEDS MAY 12 – SUN MAY 15:
Moonlight Cinema® at Harkins Camelview Fashion Square rooftop classics series is pausing for the season. I was hoping they’d run the steamy Body Heat with William Hurt and Kathleen Turner — we’ll have watch it in the comfort of our cool abodes.
Hot desert nights and Camelview movies are a long Scottsdale tradition. Here are my picks this week:
Everything Everywhere All at Once with Michelle Yeoh of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon fame and Jamie Lee Curtis — comedy, SciFi/Fantasy, action/adventure.
The Lost City with Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe — comedy, romance, action/adventure.
Here are other film choices playing this week and everything you need to know about Harkins!
Art, Music, Theater and Comedy
THU MAY 12, 7 PM – 9 PM: FREE Scottsdale Art Walk in Old Town.
Parking Map and Tips in Old Town
Arrive early for good parking! Here are other fun, safe ways to avoid Old Town traffic snarls, tickets and DUIs: Riding Around Old Town Scottsdale.
Old Town Parking Map
Live Music Daily | Weekly — Downtown | Old Town
- Belle’s Nashville Kitchen — Live music daily
- Rusty Spur Saloon — Since 1951. Live music every day
- Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row — Live music weekly
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
- THU MAY 12: 7:30 PM — Colin Hay, American Roots | Tickets
- THU MAY 12: 7:30 PM — Dimitry Metheny, Jazz Noir, Jazz Lounge | Tickets
- FRI MAY 13: 8PM — Pavlo in Concert, World Music | Tickets
- SAT MAY 14: 7PM — Herbals and Florals , Cocktails | Tickets
- SUN MAY 15, 4 PM — Scottsdale Philharmonic, Classical Music | Tickets
Ravenscroft Jazz in N. Scottsdale
FRI MAY 13, 6 PM — FREE — JAZZBIRD NIGHTS: Aleks Isotov Trio | MAP
SUN MAY 15, 4 PM — Chamber @ Ravenscroft ELEVATE | Tickets
Scottsdale Drag Shows
FRI MAY 13 | SAT MAY 14, 7 PM | Illusions the Drag Queen Show | MAP
SUN MAY 15, 1:30 — Illusions the Drag Queen Brunch Show | Old Town | MAP
SUN MAY 15, 1:30 PM — Diva Royale Drag Queen Show | Old Town | MAP
Scottsdale Farmers Markets
SAT MAY 14
Farmers Market North Scottsdale — 9 AM – 1 PM @ Living Water Lutheran Church Troon North. Produce, food trucks, live music and artisans. | MAP NOTE: only this weekend and next, May 21-22 will be the last markets until fall.
Old Town Farmers Market — 8 AM – 12 PM. Lots of great food, entertainment, artisanal fare, and people and dog watching! MAP
SUN MAY 15
Farmers Market North Scottsdale — 9 AM – 1 PM @ DC Ranch, The Village Health Club. Produce, food trucks, live music and artisans. MAP NOTE: only this weekend and next, May 21-22 will be the last markets until fall.
Ongoing Scottsdale Outdoor Activities
More Fun things to do in Scottsdale Outdoors
How about cheaper golf, hiking, strolling or cycling to maximize your outdoor fun for FREE? Frisbee golf is free! Here you go — everything you need to know and tables of amenities for fast choices to suit everyone’s wants and needs to seize our sunshine and shade!
NOTE: It’s the time of year to think about getting outside earlier. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and your hat. Be mindful of your furry friends, plus tiny and older ones getting too hot. Watch where you’re stepping, for rattlesnakes, cacti and rocks — no bites, pokes, sprains or falls to spoil your fun.
- Golf: Table from N. to S. with all the good stuff!
- The Indian Bend Multi-use Trail
- Parks, Playgrounds, Fishing and Dog Parks
- Hiking, Walking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Horseback Riding
- Scottsdale Cycling and Self-Propelled Wheeling
- Tennis and Pickleball
Scottsdale Fun Things Horizon — Plan Ahead So No FOMO!
Hold on to your hats, as Scottsdale turns up the late spring heat! Check out these big upcoming events and get your tickets. You don’t miss any of these fun things to do in Scottsdale:
- Nick Swardon, Comedian @ Talking Stick, FRI MAY 20, 8 PM | Tickets
- Pitbull @ Talking Stick, FRI MAY 27, 8PM | Tickets
Daylight’s burning—let’s go kick up our heels and not miss a minute of our fun Scottsdale events May 12-15, 2022!
Scottsdale Lifestyle Blogger
I’m a 5th generation native Arizona gal who loves showing and telling what makes Scottsdale an amazing place to visit and make home! I hope you enjoy our city through my lens, making your own discoveries and memories here!